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About the Author
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), French novelist and playwright, as one of the most famous and prolific French writers of the nineteenth century, producing some 250 books. He is best known for his historical novels The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, and he was among the first authors to fully exploit the possibilities of the serial novel. He is credited with revitalizing the historical novel in France. His works are riveting, fast-paced adventure tales that blend history and fiction.
Bill Homewood is a television, voice actor, and an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. He has regularly appeared on such shows as Coronation Street, The Adventure Game, and The Talisman.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00E25G9AE
- Publisher : Skyhorse; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2013)
- Publication date : August 1, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2817 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 492 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,528 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Here are a couple of my favorite "translations" from French to English:
PRICEY - as in "Hello my pricey Father"...word that should have been used: TREASURED
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA or USA as in "I'm having a party at my United States of America home in the South of France."...word that should have been used: COUNTRY
CANDY - as in "She had such a candy face."...word that should have been used: SWEET
HOMOSEXUAL - "All of the ladies at the party were happy and homosexual."....word that should have been used: GAY
INTERNATIONAL - "What in the international is going on?"...word that should have been used: WORLD
PHOTOGRAPH - "Why do you photograph such a gloomy future."...word that should have been used: PICTURE
DOMESTIC - "Welcome to my domestic"...word that should have been used: HOME
...and so many more!
Once again...so BAD! Penguin Reader should be embarrassed!...but, if you are up for a challenge and possibly a laugh...go for it.
Additionally, this guy has terrible accents. He tries to give different voices to the different characters and it really just sounds like he's having a stroke.
If I had read this and then seen the movie, I'm certain my enjoyment of it would have been ruined due to the knowledge of the original story; I'm glad it was the other way around as it was easier to rid my mind early of the on-screen imagery and get lost in this elaborate tale of the true Count of Monte Cristo.
I didn’t start skimming until the last 5%, after all the long plots of revenge had come to a tumultuous head. At face value, this revenge story seems like one I’ve seen before in countless Hollywood action films where the hero gets stabbed in the back and thrown to the wolves, only to return leading the pack. Yet, it’s not quite that way. This story really had a stark level of uniqueness to it, especially some of those prison scenes. Without any excessive torture or horror shots, Dumas captured Dantes’ terrible situation in gripping detail. I really have to hand it to him again.
Yet, that being said, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to recommend this book to anyone. It’s a long journey, not to be taken lightly, and the payoff is bitter sweet at best. It leaves you wondering at what point does revenge turn a hero into a villain.
"He has not been so brave today as he was yesterday."
"I have only two adversaries- I will not say two conquerors, for with perseverance I subdue even them- they are time and distance."
"I confess I am not very desirous of a visit from the commissary of police, for, in Italy, justice is only paid when silent- in France, she is paid only when she speaks."
"Why, what has happened to you? -are you going to make me ring a second time for the carriage?" asked Monte Cristo, in the same tone that Louis XIV. pronounced the famous, "I have been almost obliged to wait."
"Punctuality," said Monte Cristo, "is the politeness of kings[.]"
"Your excellency knows that it is not customary to defend yourself when attacked by bandits."
Top reviews from other countries
There's no need to cherry pick examples so I'll simply take the first paragraph. See for yourself. Here is what this version offers:
"One the twenty fourth of February, 1815, the appearance-out at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the 3-grasp, the Pharaon from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
As standard, a pilot do away with without delay, and rounding the Chateau d'If, were given on board the vessel among Cape Morgiou and Rion island."
Compare this to the penguin classics version of the first paragraph:
"On February 24, 1815, the lookout at Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, coming from Smyrna, Trieste and Naples. As usual, a coastal pilot immediately left the port, sailed hard by the Chateau d'If, and boarded the ship between the Cap de Morgiou and the island of Riou."
Do what you will with those examples.
Edmond Dantes is young, idealistic, honest and has the world at his feet. A sailor, he returns from a trip having taken over from the captain who died en route. Set to inherit the captaincy, an impressive feat for one so young, Dantes has agreed to deliver a letter, granting his old captains dying wish. However, unaware of the incendiary nature of the letter, he unwittingly opens the door for his enemies to strike.
Dantes finds himself unjustly imprisoned, the proverbial key thrown away, and in the depths of despair he meets another prisoner who transforms his life. When Dantes eventually finds his way out of prison, we meet him in several guises, including as the titular Count, a hugely wealthy, altruistic and mysterious foreigner who makes an impression on all of those he meets. As time passes, we see Monte Cristo/Dantes plans take shape, but there are unexpected consequences that he must live with.
The book is rather long, but it is well worth it. There is a wide cast of characters created with depth, the locations and events are beautifully described, and the themes of justice, hope and despair are evident throughout. There are occasional clichéd moments where the good characters are portrayed as saints, but that's my only quibble. The historical background is nicely woven in, giving a sense of purpose and reason as to why the story unfolds as it does.
Overall, I cannot recommend this enough - 100% worth your time. I saved this for a holiday, starting it on a long flight, and then dipping in when there was time to relax on the beach. Absolutely a classic.
However, the text in the book is tiny (I had to read on my kindle), but my husband (i recommended book to him) is having no problem with the book text size.
Edmund Dantes is easily one of my new all time favourite characters. And I now have two all time favourite classics. I was considering if The Count Of Monte Cristo had knocked Crime And Punishment off its perch, but no I think they are both equal.
I thought the writing was really wonderful and so easy to read. I loved the characters, both the good and the bad and I thought the story was so well thought out and just so very enjoyable. Apparently I like a good revenge story! If I ever need to get revenge on someone I hope I can do it with as much cunning, class and flair as the Count Of Monte Cristo!
I can now see how this is a lot of peoples all time favourite classic as it is so much more accessible than a lot of other classics due to the language used and the stories aren't always relatable in modern times. Revenge however is understood through the ages.
Overall a really excellent book, one I'm so glad that we picked up as buddy readers as I may have missed out on this if not. I really look forward to picking this up again in the future, so I can re read Dantes adventures.